I attended Borsa Vini at Chelsea Football ground yesterday. This was around 60 producers from all across Italy showing their wines. As last week's event I found it hard to write useful tasting notes given the number of wines I tasted (around 30) with all the distractions around me. But part of the reason behind going to these events is to learn - about the differences between grape varieties many of which are quite subtle, about regions and also about new grape varieties. This time the new variety was Ruche, quite a florally aromatic variety.
I'm even more convinced that I like Verdicchio having tried a number of vintages and producers. I'm also still sure I'm not a great fan of Sangiovese (not that there was an overabundance of producers with this grape) as I don't really like cherries.
I saw a couple of MW's - Tim Atkin and Rosemary George, also tasting. And I think I have a mountain to climb in studying for the Diploma. It's nothing compared to what you have to do to become a Master of Wine.!